When EAT.PRAY.MOVE began years ago, it was a dream of the founder, Erin Lewis, to one day be able to incorporate a humanitarian side to the company - either by including service opportunities on retreats, an annual full-service retreat, or just sharing in the profits of the retreats so we, along with our guests, could help in even a small way to groups in need. This led to the introduction of the GIVE BACK INITIATIVE which we are continually growing as we expand retreat locations. We are grateful to our guests in helping us support these amazing partners.


MOROCCO:
PROJECT SOAR

We started working with Peacock Pavilions, our hosts in Marrakesh, to help lead small yoga workshops for the girls of the nearby village on the days surrounding the retreats. Then, shortly afterwards, Peacock Pavilions officially announced their new non-profit company PROJECT SOAR which will continue to do work with their neighborhood village of Douar Ladaam, just on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Now each Marrakesh retreat pledges 10% of profits to go directly to the efforts of PROJECT SOAR! We have also began to build in small opportunities throughout the retreat weeks where guests can have a chance to see and help first-hand with the group.

PROJECT SOAR uplifts underprivileged communities through art, design and movement. Cultural constraints sometimes allow girls fewer opportunities, so PROJECT SOAR empowers girls to grow strong, smart and creative. They also bring beauty to communities through art, rehabilitation and cleanup projects, helping them thrive for years to come.

Be sure to check out the video below where you can learn more...and even find a way to help!

 
 

INDIA:
MAGIC BUS

At our Goa, India retreats, we are partnering with the amazing non-profit, MAGIC BUS to bring positive change to children’s lives in India. MAGIC BUS India Foundation works with children and youth from some of India's most underprivileged backgrounds, and engages them through sport to deliver messages around the areas of education, gender, health and livelihood. The program then helps to bridge the gap between possibility and opportunity through access to training and various education courses.

MAGIC BUS is changing the course of children's lives - one game at a time - and steers children towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities, in the journey from childhood to livelihood.

Be sure to check out the video below where you can learn more...and even find a way to help!

 
 

BALI:
THREADS OF LIFE

For our retreats in Bali, we pledge 10% of our profits to THREADS OF LIFE. Threads of Life is a fair trade business that works with culture and conservation to alleviate poverty in rural Indonesia along with the Bebali Foundation. The heirloom-quality textiles and baskets we commission are made with local materials and natural dyes to an exquisite standard usually seen only in museums.  This Indonesian non-profit organization helps hundreds of weavers who live in remote, under-developed villages turn textiles, crafts, and other expressions of their local cultures into badly needed income in a way that is environmentally sustainable, promotes cultural integrity, and empowers women. The weaving communities we work with have provided the foundation with a “mandate” of issues that they want addressed, in three general areas: incubating community businesses, managing forests and natural resources, and nurturing traditional culture.

We work directly with over 1,000 women on 11 islands across Indonesia, helping weavers to form independent cooperatives, to recover the skills of their ancestors, to manage their resources sustainably, and to express their culture identity while building their financial security.

 
 

CROATIA:
CROATIAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND

The CROATIAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND was established in late 1989 in the San Francisco Bay Area by a group of Croatian Americans for the purpose of providing university scholarships for Croatian students who could not otherwise afford a higher education. In 1991, as a direct result of the war and devastation in Croatia, CSF and its Board of Directors became deeply concerned about the severe impact this war would have on future generations as the country began to rebuild. Assistance provided by the United States and other countries in the form of humanitarian contributions helped Croatia considerably. However, in looking ahead, it was clear that there was an urgent need to establish programs not only to help rebuild the infrastructure of the country during the post-war period, but most importantly to establish sound programs which would benefit the growth and development of Croatia’s most important resource — its future generations of leaders, workers and citizens.

Therefore, this newly established non-profit organization focused on the sole purpose of providing financial scholarship aid for Croatian students from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina to attend universities in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The CROATIAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND's first Executive Board, elected to provide the leadership and direction for the organization, determined that CSF’s mission would be to raise funds in order to provide scholarships to help educate young, bright and financially needy Croatian men and women who would someday become future leaders in medicine, agriculture, transportation, technology, economics, law, engineering, political science, education, and other academic fields.